I Timothy 3:16

Undeniably great is the mystery of devotion.

The mystery of godliness. They mystery of Christian faith.

God has become man. The Creator, manifested in the flesh. He suffered and died. Vindicated in the spirit: He rose from the dead and ascended into heaven, body and soul. The angels behold and praise the eternal Word, made flesh in time. Heaven has Jesus at the center.

The Church of Christ proclaims Christ to all the nations. The Christian people have believed. We believe in God. We believe in God made man, the conqueror of human sin and death, the source of all glory, in Whom we share a glorious destiny.

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They mystery of faith. We cannot explain the absolute unity of the three distinct divine Persons. We cannot explain the absolute unity of the divine and human natures of the Son of God. These mysteries, Trinity and Incarnation, surpass all human understanding. By them, God has revealed His own life and love; He has opened His Heart.

But we can explain this: Our faith rests in Jesus Christ. He’s real. He lives. He is our way to God; He is our God.

We hope in Him. In this world, we will have troubles. We will fight to apparent stalemates with evil. But He has overcome the world. He has brought the highest good out of what looked like defeat at Satan’s hands.

We behold the mystery of devotion–God crucified–and we recognize: This is how much we human beings have failed. Human affairs have gone awry. We have fallen into unfathomable wrongness.

But God does not fail. And He became a human being, to redeem all human beings from the failures of the human race. Compared to Jesus Christ, measured by His cross, we obviously stink. But He did not become one of us to stand against us; He became one of us to stand with us. So, yes, compared to Christ crucified, we have no love, we have no goodness; we stink. But with Christ crucified, we have love, we have goodness; we don’t stink.

Quotes worth Considering

“I’ve heard that under this new legislation, smoking will be restricted to a single house in the geographic center of each state…Some people say that the government is becoming the health police. I don’t know about that, but if they ever come after me for my bacon, they’ll have to pry it from my cold, dead fingers.”–Carleton Bryant

“[The clergy] must be dignified, not deceitful, not addicted to drink, not greedy for sordid gain, holding fast to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.” –St. Paul (I Timothy 3:9)

“I do repent: but heaven hath pleased it so,
To punish me with this and this with me,
That I must be their scourge and minister.” Hamlet (Act III, Scene iv)

This quote from Hamlet is the key to understanding the play.

More on all of this later…

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